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BubbleFest is Back and Better than Ever

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of our favorite family Spring Break traditions is to experience BubbleFest at Discovery Cube OC. As my children have been getting older, I have become a little worried that they will outgrow all the science fun at Discovery Cube OC, and I was thrilled to see that they still love visiting the popular educational destination. My kids are now 16, 14 and 11, and I had a hard time getting them to leave BubbleFest – they were enjoying it that much. This year, BubbleFest is located inside of Discovery Cube OC, so you don’t have to worry about the weather when planning a visit. The highlight of BubbleFest is The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. This year was our favorite year seeing the show inside of the plush indoor theatre. During...

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Winter Wonderfest: A Perfect Way to Keep Cool This Hot Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Oh, the weather outside is frightfully hot with the record-breaking heat this holiday season which means my plans for snow play up in the mountains during the holidays has been postponed.  Thank goodness for the Discovery Cube OC’s Winter Wonderfest!  You read it right…snow is coming to Orange County.  Year after year the Discovery Cube OC brings joy, snow, and fun to children and adults. To experience tubing down a huge 75-foot ramp, sledding, and playing in real snow you need three important things.  1. Warmish jacket. It may be in the high 70’s but baby it gets cold outside next to the ice.  2. Gloves!!! Any kind of gloves would do, but I highly recommend waterproof ones so that your fingers don’t freeze from making snowmen and throwing snowballs. 3....

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Join the Monster Academy at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Endless spooky science fun awaits your children this Halloween season at Discovery Cube OC. Your kids will get to join the Monster Academy as they learn through play. This year is better than ever with an interactive stage show, slime making demonstration, and more. Tractor Trails For children under the age of five, they can ride a mini tractor along a spooktacular fun trail. While riding the tractors, they will bump into a familiar friend from the Happiest Place on Earth. Dress-up like a Scarecrow Your children can enjoy endless imaginary play when dressing up in one of the many Halloween costumes available. Spooky Shapes & Ladybug Match Using different shapes, your children can use their imagination to create different jack-o-lanterns. Once they are done creating a jack-o-lantern, they can play...

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The Future Looks Bright at Bowers Kidseum

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 Sponsored The future looks bright! In collaboration with Team Lab Kids, Inc., Bowers Kidseum is excited to introduce an internationally traveling exhibit called Future Park: Art + Technology. In this unique digital playground, creativity abounds as children work and play together using technology, art and their imaginations! Designed to inspire creative thinking, encourage collaborative play and build an interest in digital technology, this hands-on, digital exhibit features four different interactive areas for children to explore: Sketch Town Paint the town red or blue or green! Children draw colorful pictures of cars, buses, buildings and more to create an amazing virtual town bustling with activity. The town is projected on oversized exhibit walls from floor to ceiling and is reactive to the child’s touch. The children’s drawings can also be made into an original 3-D papercraft model that they can...

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Impossible Science with Jason Latimer at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This summer, my youngest son has developed a love for magic. He started enjoying learning different card tricks and then when I took him to see his first magic show in Las Vegas, he was hooked. After seeing his first magic show, he started watching countless YouTube videos to learn tricks and asked us to purchase him new things to master his tricks successfully. When I found out that the world famous magician, Jason Latimer, was coming to Discovery Cube OC to perform his Impossible Science show, I immediately went online to get tickets to bring my son. I waited to surprise my son with tickets to the show. When we arrived at Discovery Cube OC, he thought that we were going to spend the day exploring the interactive museum, but...

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Bubbles, Bubbles, BubbleFest at Discovery Cube

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! When was the last time you looked into a child’s eyes, as you blew bubbles for them? I giggle watching my boys smile out of pure interest and race after the bubbles floating away. It’s like magic to them and always cheers them up. Could you imagine being completely surrounded by bubbles? Do not miss your chance to explore and play during Bubblefest at the Discovery Cube in Orange County this Spring Break. This event is open April 1st-16th. Make sure and bring the whole family to enjoy the endless fun. There are a few different stations to keep kids of all ages interested and smiling. It will surely be a treat for them. I took my 4-year old son, Piercen, for the very first time and was...

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The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Best of OC, Museums, Staycation | 3 comments

  “Oh, the places you’ll go.” That is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss, and so true about sharing the world with our children. One of my favorite things to do with my children is to go exploring, and when you explore, you find hidden gems just like we did while on a recent staycation in Laguna Beach. During our staycation, the weather wasn’t as sunny as we had wished, so we made the best of our little getaway and went exploring the different art museums in Laguna Beach. That was when we discovered an amazing hidden gem – The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery. The gallery didn’t have any signage to show us exactly what is was, but a piece of Dr. Seuss artwork that was in the window caught the eye of my younger son...

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Eric Carle Books Come to Life at Discovery Cube

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Some of my favorite bedtime memories have been reading Eric Carle books to my children. It doesn’t matter how old my children have gotten; they still love cuddling up with me on the couch to read an Eric Carle Book. They love watching the fireflies light up at the end of “The Very Lonely Firefly” and singing along with me to the story of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” When I learned that Discovery Cube OC was hosting a limited-time Eric Carle exhibit, I couldn’t wait to bring my children to explore the exhibit. The minute that my children walked into Discovery Cube OC they were immersed into the world of the Eric Carle’s stories. My daughter put on a pair of butterfly wings and got ready to fly around the exhibit....

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Trader Joe’s Takes over Pretend City

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Events, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Ready for some happy news? Trader Joe’s took over the grocery store exhibit at Pretend City in Irvine! This fun and engaging children’s museum started off their New Year with a bang. My family and I were over the moon hearing the news and were very excited to get a sneak peek. Donnie Martin, Orange County Regional Vice President for Trader Joe’s, was in person giving us the tour of the new kid-scale Trader Joe’s. “We are so excited to bring a Trader Joe’s grocery exhibit to help children throughout the neighborhood and beyond learn about the adventures in shopping,” said Donnie. I’ll admit I have shopped at plenty of grocery stores, but personally, my family and I are huge Trader Joe’s fans. It’s a weekly trip for me and always...

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Explore Your Imagination at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue If you have ever enjoyed playing dress up or playing make believe as a child, plan a visit to Pretend City with your kiddos! Whether you were running around in your firefighter jacket and fire boots or having a cup of tea in your princess dress with matching tiara, give your kids the chance to explore their imaginations. I wish Pretend City was around when I was a child, even now as an adult, I can’t wait to go back and see my boys play and learn so much. Pretend City is exactly that; an entire city for your kids to explore hands on and truly be a part of a magical world. Let’s start with what this exciting kid-sized city offers: Bank with ATMs Post office Grocery store Restaurant Farm...

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Holiday Fun at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest of the venue. This year, our family got into the holiday spirit at The Aquarium of the Pacific! During the month of December through December 23rd, the Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating Aquarium Holidays with tons of animal fun for families to enjoy. With so many exciting things to visit and see, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers many treats. There is a Santa Diver that appears daily in the Honda Blue Cavern. Along with a photo of Santa with the fish, families are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to visit with Santa in front of the beautiful Honda Blue Cavern, as well as with Holiday Aquarium characters. On weekends, be sure to catch the Penguin Walk on the 2nd floor at the Northern Pacific Gallery. There is a gingerbread house...

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Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of our favorite Halloween traditions is to experience all the fun happening at the Spooky Science exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. While we were at Discovery Cube OC for a special Ice Age event, we went over to the exhibit for some Spooky Science fun. The event is happening every weekend until Halloween with a different theme each week. That means that your kids can experience something different every time that they come for Spooky Science. Our children spent over an hour stopping at the various interactive stations and learned a lot about bats. They also had a blast on the mini tractor rides, saw live animals, and made slithering snakes. Once they were done with all the spooky fun, it was time to explore the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle...

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Extreme Dinos and Hands-On Harley Davidson Fun at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador The Discovery Cube Orange County is always one of my families favorite places to visit. There is always something new to explore, and right now they have two new exhibits running. The first is Extreme Dinosaurs running from May 28 – September 5. The other exciting exhibit is Hands-On Harley-Davidson, it runs May 28 – September 11. Both of these new exhibits gave us hours of enjoyment. We first went to the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit because I am a huge Dino fan and that love has rubbed off onto my three boys. We were all so excited to see the animatronic dinosaurs. When we walked in we were greeted by real and replica fossils. On plaques, they had details about each specimen, and some were hands on that let you push button...

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Extreme Dinosaurs Have Stomed into Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Do your kids love Dinosaurs? Then you’ll not want to miss bringing them to see the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. The interactive exhibit immerses children into a prehistoric world where dinosaurs come to life right before your eyes. When we first visited the exhibit, my son was in awe. As we first stepped foot into the exhibit, the dinosaurs began to come to life. They were moving, growling, and roaring. It was thrilling to watch the realistic dinosaurs come to life. There are a couple of stations where my son was able to push a button to bring particular dinosaurs to life along with detailed descriptions of each dinosaur on exhibit. We spent hours reading about the different dinosaurs and exploring the unique fossils and skeletons that were on...

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Once Upon A Time at Bower’s Kidseum

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the museum. Once Upon a Time… Exploring the World of Fairy Tales is the new exhibit at Bower’s Kidseum. The various hands-on and educational displays explore the wonder and importance of Fairy Tales throughout history and from around the world.  Seven favorite Fairy Tales are depicted on larger than life, interactive storybook pages thought the museum. Little ones can read (or be read) a synopsis of the story and then get a unique hands-on feel for it as they interact with the exhibits. The Fairy Tales detailed include: Anansi and the Talking Melon Beauty and the Beast Cinderella The Elves and the Shoemaker Jack and the Beanstalk Lon Po Po Thumbelina Kidseum’s mission is “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. A perfect safe place for toddlers through early...

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Bubblefest at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of Discovery Cube OC. Bubblefest, Discovery Cube OC’s most popular event, has returned this Spring and is celebrating twenty years of squeaky clean magical fun! Bubblefest and the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show have captivated Orange County audiences young and old for two decades, and this year’s celebration is bigger and better than ever! Bubblefest features hands on bubble play and exhibits, a bubble lab run by a bubble scientist, floating water spheres, inflatables, a photo op of “me in a bubble,”  and a bubble and laser light show in the newly opened Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater. It’s difficult to say what our family’s favorite part of bubbefest was. My girls, ages 6 and 3, loved the floating bubble spheres, in which they were blown up into a plastic bubble-like sphere and floated weightlessly across an indoor pool...

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Family Fun at the New Petersen Automotive Museum

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guest of the venue On the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire sits the iconic Petersen Automotive Museum. Home to approximately 300 vehicles, the newly redesigned building, beckons car enthusiasts young and old to come and discover the mission set forth by founding benefactors Margie and Robert E. Petersen – to showcase automotive culture from around the world while continuing to celebrate Southern California’s rich history of automotive innovation, competition, and design. The exterior of the building is covered in 308 separate ribbon structures which complete the unified design – they are supported by 25 vertical steel supports called “trees” along with several horizontal outriggers. The design evokes imagery of speed and the organic curves of an automobile. The redesign was just completed in December, so if you haven’t visited the Petersen recently – you need to check it out....

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Mummies of the World: The Exhibition at Bowers Museum

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  How many times in your life can you say that you’ve seen a real mummy? I am pushing close to almost 40 years of age, and until this past week, I would have said “never.” Our children have a unique opportunity to see ‘real’ mummies without the high expense of traveling to Egypt in an education and non-scary environment for a limited-time at the ‘Mummies of the World: The Exhibition’ exhibit at The Bowers Museum. I was skeptical at first about visiting this exhibition. Some of the questions I asked myself were: Would it be scary? Would kids be fearful of it? Would it give them nightmares? The minute that I stepped foot into the exhibit, I was overwhelmed by the spirits in the room. I was looking at real people who lived a life similar to mine...

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¡Vámonos! to Discovery Cube OC for the Dora & Diego Exhibit

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube Ambassador “Backpack, Backpack, Backpack, Backpack.” Load up your backpack and bring the family to Discovery Cube OC to explore the ‘Dora & Diego Let’s Explore’ exhibit. Your children will be immersed in the world of their favorite television series “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go,” while visiting Discovery Cube OC until May 15th. I brought my younger son to explore the exhibit over the weekend, and while I thought that he might be a little too old for it at first (age 9), he had so much fun that he didn’t want to leave. The exhibit starts with families being greeted from Dora and Boots which makes for a perfect photo opportunity for parents. Once we were inside the exhibit, there was a giant pirate ship for children to climb, a giant yellow...

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Pretend City Welcomes Taqueria de Anda as New Pretend Cafe

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the museum. There’s a new Cafe in town! More precisely, a new Pretend Cafe, that is. Pretend City Children’s Museum, an all time OC favorite among kids and Moms alike, has, as many know, a whole city full of imaginative and educational buildings and activities.  From the warf to the beach, and the gas station to the dentist office, there is a plethora of spaces for kids to explore through purposeful play and hands-on learning experiences. What some may not realize is that every quarter Pretend City intentionally introduces a brand new Cafe exhibit as part of their Developing and Discovering Diversity program, which promotes the education of culinary and cultural diversity. By periodically changing the Pretend Cafe, the smallest of patrons are exposed to new and exciting foods and cultures, all in a fun...

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Sharing the Beauty of Art with Your Kids at The Bowers Museum

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  Growing up in London my mother would drag me to museums.  She would push my stroller from room to room showing me piece after piece.  I’m not going to lie, I hated it.  It sucked even more because then when I got older, my school would take us and I had to experience those boring pieces over and over again. When we moved to the states my mother wanted to continue sharing her love of art with me but it wasn’t that easy.  We had to travel to LA and that was a bit too overwhelming for a newcomer so our days of museums were put aside.  The funny thing about exposing your children to the art from a young age is that when the arts disappear from their lives, they feel a void. My soul craved art,...

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Balboa Island Museum

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Cool Places, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  Many years of my childhood was spent riding my bike around Balboa Island. Many of my friends lived on the island when I was a child, and for a long time, we were just a short boat ride away on Lido Island. I love bringing my kids back to Balboa Island, and this past week, we took the time to explore the Balboa Island Museum. The museum is in a historic home that is loaded with history from the island. When we first arrived, we were greeted by a volunteer and a historian who talked to us about the different artifacts within the museum. The tiny house that has been transformed into the museum is full of rich history of Balboa Island, and most of the artifacts/images were donated by locals on the island. The kids spent almost...

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The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Cool Places, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  I love art, but I love sharing my love for art with my children even more. Whenever we have time to getaway to LA for the day, we usually end up at one of the local art museums with The Broad Museum being one of my all-time favorites. Ever since The Broad opened in February of last year, families from all over the Southland have been eager to tickets. Tickets have been sold out for months, but I wasn’t going to let that stop us from getting a chance to experience it over winter break. What many people don’t know is that they do have a standby line for guests who do not have an advanced ticket. Unfortunately, the line is often 2-3 hours long, which is not easy for parents with younger children to bear. Even with...

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Tour the Original In-N-Out in Baldwin Park

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Cool Places, Featured, Museums | 1 comment

  In-N-Out is a staple for OC Natives. We have grown-up eating their famous burgers, and all have our favorite “off the menu” In-N-Out creation. In-N-Out first opened their doors in Baldwin Park, and while the original sign does still stand, they have created a replica of the original In-N-Out that your family can tour for free! While it is a replica, it is where the original In-N-Out did once stand. During the holiday break, I took the kids up to Baldwin Park to tour the replica. Unfortunately, it was closed on the day that we went to visit, but that didn’t stop us from looking at it through the cracks of the gate. The replica is super cool, and every In-N-Out fan should plan a visit. Everything in the replica is just like the original, and it stands...

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Growing Up Making Memories at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue My daughter practically grew up at Pretend City.   No joke, we were members from the first year they opened (2009) up until she started Kindergarten (2013). We had a set routine of dropping her brother off at school, spending the mornings at Pretend City, grabbing lunch and then  picking him up from school.  I can remember my daughter running around in diapers and growing to the age where she could finally use their tiny toilets. Pretend City was a huge part of her pre-school years and it wasn’t until our latest visit that I realized how special our time there was.  We were invited to spend the morning at Pretend City with Santa.  My daughter is now 7 and hadn’t been back to Pretend City in nearly 2 years so she was...

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Embark on a Mission into Space at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Embark on an epic journey into space with your children at the Mission Control Center located inside of Discovery Cube OC. The exhibit is a fully immersive experience as children are encouraged to explore and learn about everything related to space. Located inside of the control center is an interactive experience. Children can design a satellite on one of the multiple ipads before watching it launch into space on the giant screen at the front of the command center. Our children spent endless hours in the command center unleashing their creativity while designing different satellites and launching them into space to explore the sky above along with their friends. The educational fun doesn’t end there. Outside of the command center is our kids ultimate favorite exhibit at Discovery Cube OC where they...

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Winter Wonderfest at The Discovery Cube OC (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Christmas, Museums | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of the venue The other day I was walking around Target with my friend and saw the coolest sweater.  It was a picture of a sheep covered in Christmas lights and it read Fleece Navidad.  Obviously I was going to buy the sweater and was showing it my friend who said you are getting the wrong sweater.  Confused I asked how?  She casually pointed to the one right next to it which read Obsessive Christmas Disorder.  Most people would have been offended by that suggestion; I on the other hand am wearing my title with pride! That being said I must be the go to person for all things holiday fun.  That’s what she’s saying right?   So here is another one of my suggestions for holiday fun, The Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana! ...

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Science of Gingerbread is Back at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Christmas, Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Your children are invited to have an immersive educational experience by exploring the Science of Gingerbread exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. The seasonal exhibit takes children on an educational expedition where they will learn about the science behind the popular holiday treat through fun and interactive experiences. My favorite part of the exhibit is getting to look at all the different gingerbread house creations that local businesses and families have made to submit in the annual gingerbread house competition. Guests visiting Discovery Cube OC are encouraged to get a ballot, and go around to vote for their favorite gingerbread house as well. I am always inspired to step outside of the traditional gingerbread house design with my children every year. Our kids favorite part of the exhibit this year is the interactive...

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman DreamWorks Animation Weekend

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Discovery Cube is partnering with DreamWorks to promote the new Mr. Peabody and Sherman show on Netflix. Kids can participate in a green screen interactive activity where they will be able to pose for a picture with the characters of the show, which will be digitally added on to the image. Free print copies will be available and guests will have the option to send it to their emails too. Special screenings of a Mr. Peabody and Sherman episode will also be airing in the Discovery Theaters throughout the day. This episode is about 20 minutes long and seating is first come first served. Animation workshops at the Discovery Stage will also be available and will be led by a DreamWorks animator who will teach guests step by step how to draw the characters of the show. Dates: November...

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High-Flying Fun at the 2015 Pumpkin Launch

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Halloween, Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Thousands of families from all over Southern California come together at Cal State University Fullerton for the annual Pumpkin Launch hosted by the Discovery Cube OC. This year was bigger and better than ever with more STEM activities, entertainment, food and pumpkin launching. I attended the event this year with my daughter, Ella, and we had the time of our life. We started the afternoon by watching the multiple handmade trebuchets launch pumpkins onto the field. Organizations and families used their creativity to make trebuchets that were sending pumpkins flying in the area before smashing on the ground. It is an epic experience to watch, and the stadium was full of families shouting and cheering with excitement as every pumpkin was launched. Once we were done soaking in all the excitement surrounding...

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Discovery Science Center Pumpkin Launch

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Halloween, Museums | 0 comments

 We are Discovery Cube Moms Families from all over the Southland are working hard to use their imagination and STEM skills to design a handmade launching device to test out during the 9th Annual Pumpkin Launch at Cal State Fullerton on November 7th from 10am to 2pm. Guess what? Your family is invited to watch the high-flying fun, and participate in interactive activities. Pumpkins will be flying, and creativity will be soaring at this epic post-Halloween family event. Families will have an immersive experience at the event with hands-on learning activities, and jaws will drop when witnessing the different handmade trebuchets in action. We have been attending the event for many years, and it is one of our favorite STEM events of the year in Orange County. Our kids favorite activity was getting to make their own mini catapults...

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Allergy-Friendly Bean Sprouts Cafe at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Families visiting Discovery Cube OC can now enjoy healthy dining options at the all-new Bean Sprouts Cafe. The Cafe is centrally located in the middle of the center and offers families creative and healthy dishes, savory sandwiches, and features a full coffee bar. The onsite restaurant is much more than just a place for a quick snack, but a premier dining destination to have a full and enjoyable meal with your children. During our recent visit to explore the fun holiday centered learning event, “Spooky Science,” we stopped at Bean Sprouts for lunch. We began with our favorite “Crocamole” that featured 1/2 an avocado shell filled with freshly made guacamole and vegetables designed like a crocodile. My children were thrilled to eat their veggies during lunch when prepared in a fun and...

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Start Your Engines! Hot Wheels Zoom into Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador 3-2-1…Go! The all-new Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit has recently opened at Discovery Cube Orange County bringing exhilarating fun for children of all ages. We took our kids on opening weekend to check out the exhibit, and the kids had the time of their life. Hot Wheels come to life for younger children with this exhibit as they get to see their favorite Hot Wheels “supersized.” The exhibit is completely interactive as children are encouraged to learn about the racing world with hands-on activities. Our kids favorite part of the exhibit was the “pit stop” where they got to pretend that they were in the pit preparing a car for its big race. Our kids were immersed in imaginary play throughout their entire time at the Hot Wheels exhibit. It’s not...

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Hot Wheels: Race to Win is Coming to Discovery Cube Orange County

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube Mom Vroooom!! Get your engine started and get ready to bring your kids to enjoy endless fun at the all-new Discovery Cube Orange County exhibit, Hot Wheels: Race to Win. Your kids will get to look behind-the-scenes of the racing world from September 19th through January 3rd. The exhibit is going to include: Compete in the Pit Stop Challenge, by racing against the clock to change tires and refuel your race car Test theories regarding the science of racing by experimenting with a six-lane downhill speed track, booster power track, adjustable angles track, and timing track. See and learn about real race car parts, authentic artifacts, and captivating memorabilia Don’t miss this thrilling new exhibit that is racing into the Discovery Cube Orange County this weekend. It is guaranteed to be an exhibit that...

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Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path at Muzeo Cultural Center

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

  One of our favorite museums in Orange County isn’t one that many would expect. It is a small museum in the heart of downtown Anaheim called Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center. The museum is small, and a perfect place to introduce young children to a museum for the first time. I took my children to the museum this summer to explore the Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path exhibit. What I couldn’t believe was that we were the ONLY people in the entire museum. My children could take their time exploring the exhibit and learning about these animals that play an important role in our eco-system. The exhibit was designed to not only teach children about these animals but also about our community. Our children learned that there were animal crossings (bridges) created when building the toll roads,...

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Pizza 900 Debut of Pretend City’s All New Pretend Cafe

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Pretend City On Friday, July 17th, Pretend City Children’s Museum, located in Irvine, debuted their all new Pretend Cafe, Pizza 900. Fashioned after the real life Pizza 900, located in Laguna Hills, the pretend Pizza 900 encourages kids to use their imagination to create and serve an all time favorite – PIZZA! In true Pretend City fashion, kids are given all the tools they need to put their imaginations to work.  From toppings, to pizza stones and ovens, they can walk through preparing authentic woodfired pizzas, just like the folks at Pizza 900 do every day. But, as with any pizza, half the fun is eating it of course! To celebrate Pretend Pizza 900’s debut, the real life Pizza 900 was on premise giving away free authentic Napoleon woodfired pizza slices to Pretend...

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Family Guide to The Ronald Reagan Library

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the LA Visitors Bureau The Ronald Reagan Library has been a place that I have wanted to take my children to visit for many years. While it just seems like it is just a short drive to this part of Los Angeles, it can be quite a long drive from Orange County – especially if you’re driving with young children. When I found out about the promotional event, Culture L.A., where families could have a significant discount on a local hotel and museum tickets, I immediately booked a family staycation getaway to Los Angeles. We reserved a night at the Werner Center Marriott that is just a short distance from the Ronald Reagan Library. When we first checked into the hotel, the kids immediately dashed down to the indoor pool where they spent...

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Bubblefest Returns to the Discovery Cube Orange County

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Events, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of DSC Bubblefest the most POPular event to come to The Discovery Science Center is back! For the past few years my family has missed this event and every year we say we will go next year. The time had come and we finally went. I must say I am very happy we waited until this year. The expansion to the Museum is great and they now have a new area for the kids to play outside. The bubble show is in a new theater this year. It was very nice and the seats were very comfortable. The show runs around 45 minutes, so the comfy chairs were great. When we got in the theater the kiddos were seated on the floor in a large rectangle area that was marked off. They were asked...

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Climb the California Tower at the Museum of Man

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Featured, Museums, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

  When I learned that the California Tower at the Museum of Man was opening to the public for the first time since 1935, I could not wait to bring our children to be a part of history. Families get to go up a staircase that has been hidden from the public to get a glimpse of history and spectacular San Diego views. When we first arrived to climb the tower all of the tickets had been sold out, and we were lucky to get tickets for the last tour the following day. It is important when planning a visit to purchase your tour tickets in advance (there are limited amounts of tickets available each day). Since I am deathly afraid of heights, I spent time exploring the Museum of Man while my husband took the kids on the...

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The Discovery of King Tut at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Museums, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

  It is a great time to plan a visit to the San Diego History Museum with the arrival of The Discovery of King Tut exhibit. The west coast premiere of the exhibit will only be at the museum until April 26th, and it will take your kid’s on an in-depth journey into the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. When planning to visit the exhibit, families need to plan at least 2-3 hours to discover and learn (and an additional couple of hours to explore the rest of the museum). The journey begins with a video that uncovers how the tomb of King Tut was discovered. Then the audio receivers guide your family through the three-level exhibit uncovering a world of knowledge and learning. The kids were not the only ones who enjoyed learning during our visit but also...

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Kids Free During Spring Break at the Ronald Reagan Library

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 Looking for a fun and educational way to spend a day during Spring Break? At the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, all kids aged 17 and under will be free during this school holiday. Regularly priced $6 – $9 per person, this special promotion was created to encourage families to explore the Reagan Library and all it has to offer. While at the Reagan Library, families can also check out the Reagan Library’s special exhibit, Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit, featuring Hollywood, Classic and Heads-of-State cars. The exhibit is in partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum to showcase some of The Petersen’s most stunning and memorable cars at the Reagan Library while The Petersen is closed to the public for renovation. Most of these cars come from The Petersen’s vault and are not seen by regular museum-goers. Hollywood...

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San Diego Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Museums, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

  San Diego is home to some of the most amazing museums with most of them centrally located in Balboa Park. When planning a weekend getaway to San Diego, we spent most of our time at museums, and the San Diego Air and Space Museum was one of our kid’s favorites. The museum is full of large scale plane models, artifacts, educational experiences and more. Parking is always a challenge in Balboa Park, but they have multiple parking lots located throughout the park. Getting around the large park is easy for families with the complimentary tram that runs every 10 minutes. The tram takes families from the parking lots to the museum or the restaurant of their choice. Once your family arrives at the museum, your children can spend hours learning about space and planes. They can climb into...

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Discovery Cube Comes to Los Angeles

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Activities, Events, Museums, Staycation, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Discovery Cube For more than 25 years the Discovery foundation has been impacting the lives of children in Orange County and now they will start with Los Angeles with the opening of the Discovery Cube Los Angeles. On November 13, 2014, families and school’s will be able to visit the Discovery Cube Los Angeles in the Hanson Dam Recreational Area in Lake View Terrace neighborhood which is the first major museum in the San Fernando Valley. Guests will be delighted to see some updated versions of the popular exhibits that are at the Discovery Cube Orange County, but they will also see some amazing new attractions. They like to say DCLA is not Your Grandmother’s Science Center, it is technologically more advanced. There are more than 71,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits for...

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Thomas & Friends are Coming to Discovery Cube

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  Choo..Choo! Thomas the Tank Engine and all your kids favorite engines are leaving the Island of Sodor, and coming to the Discovery Cube on October 4th. They are fueling up their engines with loads of fun for your children to experience. Activities at the new exhibit will feature: Climb inside Thomas’ cab to explore the engine’s inner workings Remove and replace parts to fix Percy’s wobbly wheel Load Percy’s coal box and water so he can deliver the mail Suit up as the conductor and sell tickets to ride the train Load and sort luggage and freight into train cars Explore the history of Thomas & Friends through books, TV show clips and toys Plan and build navigation routes to favorite destinations on the gigantic Island of Sodor train table Get ready for a steaming good time starting...

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Walking with Dinosaurs Invade the Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Events, Museums, Theatre | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of Discovery Cube Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand next to a dinosaur and see how it looked, moved & acted in real life? Well it was mom’s choice on Mother’s Day & I couldn’t resist the temptation of an up-close encounter with a “real” baby T-Rex from the worldwide sensation Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, coming to the Honda Center September 3-7. The Discovery Science Center hosted the sneak preview and added the extra special touches, as usual, to make it an afternoon we wouldn’t forget. We were greeted at the door with gift bags full of lots of dino goodies and of course a flower for mom in honor of the special day. My little guy was all smiles in anticipation of meeting a “real...

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Guide to Visiting The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Prior to moving to California in the early 80’s, I lived in London.  Our flat was a 5 minute walk from the Natural History Museum and a quick train ride to the National Gallery, Tate and British museum.  My mother was very much into exposing me to the arts and history.  We would go to the theater and see shows regularly; actually I think I saw a play before I saw a movie.  It was such an everyday experience that when we moved to Orange County I went through a bit of a culture shock. How could there possibly be no theaters, or museums or galleries.  It was a bit of a disappointment and I longed for my summers back in London, not only to be with my family, but also to be exposed to culture.  Yes I...

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Exploring Space at the Griffith Observatory

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Museums, Staycation | 0 comments

  My family loves our Funday Sundays.  It’s a day that we spend together doing something new.  For our most recent adventure we decide to head up to Los Angeles and visit the Griffith Observatory. Built after Colonel Griffith J. Griffith’s, the Griffith Observatory was constructed for the public and donated to the City of Los Angeles in order to help broaden human perspective. Opened in 1935, over 12 million people have admiring our solar system through the telescopes at the observatory. These amazing telescopes offer astounding views of the sun, stars and planets which cannot be seen by naked eye.  The architecture is incredible and definitely memorable. Fun Fact: Griffith Observatory was used to help train the first astronauts for the Apollo missions to the moon in the 1960s. Now many of you think that an observatory is something...

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We Play Loud in Lake Forest

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Museums | 1 comment

 Sponsored Just in time for the super-hot summer days, a brand-new indoor play facility just opened up in Lake Forest! It’s aptly named “We Play Loud” and is located just off the 5 Fwy at the El Toro exit (in the same mall as Slater’s 50/50). The 12,000 square foot facility has lots of things to keep your kids (infant-9yo; 51” and under) entertained.The main play structure has a 4-person slide, foam ball area, obstacles, bridges, climbing, and so much more. In addition to that, there’s a separate bounce house, a balloon loft, and a ball pit. There are 4 “moving” rides – a big airplane and a boat in the front, and a spinning octopus and a palm-tree further inside. Everything is covered or made from soft materials, so it’s very safe. There’s also a big baby/toddler area,...

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Mythbusters at the Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of DSC Calling all science fans, The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana has a treat for you. They just unveiled their new MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. If you are a fan of the show you will love all the awesome props that are displayed in this exhibit. If you have never watched a single episode of MythBusters have no fear, you too will love the exhibit. This exhibit is chalked full of some great hands on displays to get your scientific mind going. The cool thing is you will have a great time while “mythbusting” along the way. My husband, our three boys and I were lucky enough to go to a viewing of this very hands on exhibit. Upon entering the exhibit we were quite impressed. The Discovery Science Center has made the exhibit look just like...

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Pretend City’s Family Fun and Wellness Fair

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Events, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Sponsored On Saturday, June 7th, the ever-popular Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine, hosted their 5th annual Family Fun and Wellness Fair. Dubbed Good To Go From Head To Toe, the fair was an educational initiative aimed at informing the community about healthy child development and the importance of regular developmental checkups. These checkups can provide vital information regarding a child’s growth and development; information that isn’t generally covered in their yearly well-child visits. As with many areas of healthcare, early intervention is a key component in successfully treating developmental delays. If delays are noticed and supported early on, they can often be corrected sooner and cause less impact on a child’s future learning.  However, this day in age families have varying healthcare coverage, and sometimes even with full coverage expedient referrals to specialists are difficult to come by. Because of their commitment to child...

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WEEBLES Coast to Coast at The Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Events, Featured, Museums, Summer, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of DSC The Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana invites families to pack their bags for an exciting journey across the United States. From May 24 through September 7, 2014, WEEBLES Coast to Coast will whisk guests away on a 50-state adventure across the country. Loaded with more than 70 hands-on activities, the exhibit explores the geography, history and uniqueness of the 50 United States. Children can pretend to white water raft the Colorado River, ride a burro down the Grand Canyon, take a snapshot next to the Statue of Liberty and much more. This 50-state adventure, designed for children ages 4-10, offers fun opportunities to learn about U.S. geography, history and music. Along with the WEEBLES adventure you can also enjoy all the other amazing exhibits that the DSC has to offer....

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Bubblefest at Discovery Science Center 2014

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of DSC How many times have you driven in bumper to bumper traffic on the 5 north? For me, a million times! In order to take the edge off I choose landmarks along the way to look forward to. One of my favorite landmarks is The Discovery Science Center (DSC) off Main Street. If you don’t know the name then maybe the giant black cube that has dinosaurs on the base would be an indicator as to what I am talking about. I love the DSC; they keep me and my family busy with all their events and special exhibits. My kids love the Cube and have no idea that while they play they are actually learning about science. They have year round exhibits like the Boeing Rocket Lab and Eco Challenge or traveling...

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Natural History Museum Opens Pollinator Garden

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

  What better place to welcome the first day of Spring than at the opening of the 3 1/2 acre Pollinator Garden at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.  If you’re not familiar with the museum, it opened it doors in 1913 and over the years has established one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history, right here in our own background! We arrived with much excitement, my kids are born naturalist.  We were greeted by Lila, a staff member with incredible knowledge about butterflies and other wildlife that we could expect to see in the garden.  Lila quizzed the kids about the life-cycle of the butterfly, which I’m happy to report they passed, and let us experience the release of a butterfly into the garden. It was time to roll up our...

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Pretend City Opens New Bayou Cafe

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Events, Museums | 1 comment

 Dawn attended a guest of Pretend City Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine held its Grand Opening of their newest exhibit, The Bayou Cafe. I was eager to check this out with my little boy. When we arrived we were greeted by their very friendly staff. They were all dressed in festive attire, perfect for their Mardi Gras celebration. Once checked in we were escorted through The Gateway. It was adorned with decorations bringing you right into the Mardi Gras spirit. If you have never visited Pretend City with your children, you should definitely check it out. This Museum is approximately 28,000 square feet of perfection for the young and old alike. Children can roam around a city made just for them. The many themed exhibits are scaled down to their size. A road goes around the city where your...

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Get Creative at The Orange County Museum of Art

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

  Get Creative at the Orange County Museum of Art’s Second Sunday (psst…it’s FREE!) Our family was invited as guests of the Orange County Museum of Art to experience art in an interactive, family-friendly environment. A new theme is selected each month to provide a unique experience every time you go and the best part is it’s FREE! My family and I attended the Valentine’s Day event featuring art from the California Landscape into Abstraction collection. Before we toured the museum, we decided to check out the various craft projects set up on the patio. There were several crafts to choose from and each one was based on the style of various artists. For example, you can make a Picasso inspired valentine, using cubism techniques. It is a great way to have fun and educate your children about the...

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Discovery Science Center Egg Drop Competition

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

  “Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall, Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall.” Eggs will be cracking this weekend at the Discovery Science Center for their annual Egg Drop Competition on Saturday, February 22nd starting at 10:30am. This is the 3rd year that the Discovery Science Center is hosting this fun family event as they end their Engineer’s Week. Children attending the event will create their own ETV (Egg Transport Vehicle) and then test its durability from a 20 foot drop. The best part is that the Discovery Science Center will provide all the supplies needed to create your ETV at the event – and the eggs! Although they are providing the supplies, families are encouraged to build their own at home before the event. Prizes will be awarded, and participants do not need to be present to win....

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Animal Grossology at Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Wendy attended a media event as a guest of DSC I know it’s a school night, but when the Discovery Center sends an invitation to experience Animal Grossology, how can we stay home? I packed up the kids and hit the road towards Santa Ana. An enthusiastic scientist, Aaron, welcomed us. We quickly found a seat near the stage located just inside the entrance. Aaron told us a bit about the exhibit then encouraged us to stay and participate in the Human Grossology panel. Ronan (8) was asked to join the panel as Professor Pygmalion. Professor Pygmalion and Professor Kawasaki, another member of the audience, quizzed the audience about facts about urine, burps, sneezes, vomit, passing gas and hiccups that are produced within our bodies. There was lots of laughter among the kids and adults. After the Q &...

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Come Visit Santa at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Christmas, Events, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

  Santa and his elves are making one last stop at Pretend City this week, and your family is invited to come take a picture with the big guy himself. Santa will be at Pretend City for the next three days brining holiday cheer to all the children coming to Pretend City for some imaginary play. Not only can your children visit with Santa at Pretend City, but also explore a whole new world of possibility. Your children can prepare a meal in the kitchen, shop at the grocery store or check-out a book at the library. The City is decorated for the holiday with festive music playing throughout the mini-town. Your children will have an unforgettable holiday experience when visiting Santa at Pretend City this week. Santa has a tight schedule, so we are happy to share the...

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The Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday, Museums | 0 comments

  With the holidays around the corner and my kids going on break, I always try to keep the joy of the season by doing fun activities. One of my family’s favorites is the Discovery Science Center (DSC). Year round the “Cube” located right off the 5 fwy (literally you can see a giant black cube off the 5) has amazing exhibits and educational fun. Make sure to plan for a full day of fun, because it will be hard for you to try and get your kids out of this place. The DSC also has a Taco Bell restaurant on site so you can enjoy a nice lunch between exhibits. On our visit Thursday night, we were lucky to experience two fabulous exhibits; The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Science of Gingerbread. We were also...

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